Saturday, November 6, 2010

40th Annual Mid Ohio Insulator Show

Deep purples and honey-amber insulators command higher prices regardless of manufacturer.

A Popular style of insulator from France is known as a ginger bread man.  Several are visible in this collection.

Amber swirls add character and value.

  This collection of one specific model produced by the California Glass Insulator Co. illustrates the bewildering variations of color that came from the Long Beach factory. 


  1. This is great. I now fully see the attraction to these pieces. Have you ever considered building a back-lit display shelf/box for your insulators?

  2. Hi Mike,
    When I went to my very first show I was stunned. Being able to pick up the pieces and examine them closely is what I enjoy. The dealers are full of information and love to talk insulators. A great way to spend an afternoon.

    Yes I have done some thinking about a display cabinet. The wooden part is no problem but I'm struggling with how to set up the lighting. I think glass shelves with halogen spots up above would look great but putting the light source below the insulator really brings out the bubbles and internal details that may be more subdued with different lighting arrangements. Backlit with florescent tubes is a popular way to go but I'm not crazy about the pale cold light from tubes.

    In the meantime I have considered buying or building a small lightbox to place the pieces in one at a time to photograph for catalogue/ blogging purposes.

  3. Hi, picture number 5 with the amber swirls. Does this style have a name or model number? Awesome pictures. Thanks in advance. Scott.

    1. Hello Scott, I'm not sure about the insulator you've indicated. Most likely its some varation of beehive like a CD 145.